October 6 speaker reminder
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of Fairfield County, Connecticut
Peter Biggins starts our new speaker season with a presentation about Y-DNA and genealogy on Saturday October 6 at 2 pm at the Darien Library. Doors open at 1 pm for informal conversation.  We'll start the program at 1:50 with general news, and our speaker will begin at 2 pm.  

Y-DNA And Genealogy

Discover your paternal ancestry, or that of any male in your family tree. The Y chromosome passes almost unchanged from father to son. Male ancestors carried their Y-DNA line along their migrations, allowing you to trace your paternal ancestry by Y-DNA testing. Last November, we looked at all kinds of DNA testing. This presentation focuses on just Y-DNA. It seeks to explain the ways that your Y-DNA, or that of a relative, can help you in your genealogical research and expand your horizons. Included is information on types of Y-DNA tests and how to select a testing organization based on your objectives. Y-DNA is no substitute for genealogical research, but the presentation shows how it can be helpful. Y-DNA can confirm or deny your genealogical research. It may be able to break down a brick wall. It can explain a surname. It can take your genetic pedigree back thousands of years. It may connect a modern pedigree with an ancient pedigree.

Peter Biggins started tracing his and his wife's family histories after he retired in 2002. In 2004, he took a course in Website Development at Norwalk Community College and started a family history website called In 2008, Peter had his Y-DNA tested at Family Tree DNA. In 2010, he made a presentation at the October MGS meeting in Darien on "How to Test Your DNA and Why." In 2011, he made a presentation on Clan Colla Y-DNA at FTDNA's 7th Annual International Conference on Genetic Genealogy in Houston, Texas. In 2017, he made a presentation at the November MGS meeting in Darien on "Understanding DNA in Genealogy." Peter administers seven projects at FTDNA, including one for MGS member DNA to help members understand their testing results and suggest avenues for further testing. Peter is MGS President and Webmaster.


More Upcoming Speakers

Mark your calendar also for these upcoming presentations. All presentations are Saturdays at 2 pm at the Darien Library Community Room: 
  • November 10, 2018:  Beginning French-Canadian Genealogical Research with Ron Blanchette
  • January 26, 2019:  To Be Announced
  • March 23, 2019:  Do The 'Write' Thing For Genealogy with Marian Wood
  • May 18, 2019:  To Be Announced

We Have A Need For New Board Members

Family history research is one of the fastest-growing interest areas today.  It has never been more popular!  At the same time, many long-standing genealogical societies are discontinuing operations, not because of lack of public interest, but because of lack of volunteer support.  

Knowledgeable volunteers retire, or move out of the area, or age along. Organizations change.  

At MGS, we KNOW there are many well-educated, skilled family researchers in the Fairfield County area. Also business, marketing and legal professionals, historical/cultural studies supporters, administrators. You may be one!  If you're into family history research like us, why not become a board member?  

If time-commitment is your concern, it needn't be.  We meet 7 Monday evenings a year to plan and coordinate behind the scenes.  We share in the efforts.  No one does more than they have time for.

On the plus side, if you're still working, being active on a community Board like MGS is resume-worthy experience.

Contact any board member for more information, or sit in on any future monthly board meeting to decide if it's for you.
Overflow Parking at the Darien Library
As a reminder, if the main parking lot is full, you can park at the overflow lot which is behind the office building on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's Flowers).

Our September 2018 Newsletter is online

Check out our most recent newsletter (September 2018), and earlier newsletters, all online here.

Join us on Facebook to follow in on family research news shared within our closed group. With about 100 members, something of interest is posted almost every day.  If you have a specific question related to your own family research, this is a great place to ask it. We have members very experienced in different research areas, happy to jump in with suggestions and comments related to your question.

In our June Newsletter, Tara Forschino talked about using Facebook for genealogy.  "Love it, hate it, or don't know much about it, genealogists are on FB and it's a powerful social media platform to incorporate into your research".  

Tara also said that the MGS facebook page is private, closed to the public. This means that posts in our group can only be viewed and accessed by members of our group. You'll need to ask permission to join. Three basic questions are asked to help rule out fake accounts and spammers. Once admitted, you'll be able to post your own questions and scroll through earlier posts.

The Middlesex Genealogical Society (MGS) name was created years ago.  The original founders of our group lived in the Darien Connecticut area.  They adopted the word "Middlesex" because Darien was part of Middlesex Parish, Connecticut in colonial days.

Today, most members and friends of MGS live in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  The majority of our members today had ancestors who first settled in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.  Our genealogy interests lead to villages, towns and cities all over the world.

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If you're a guest, feel free to come again for free to any of our speaker events. We hope you'll find our programs so interesting, and helpful, that you'll become a member someday soon.  A $25 contribution spread over 5 speaker meetings is less than half the price of a movie ticket per speaker.  
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